Ms. Jackie Dedmon, age 87, of Benton, died on Wednesday, August 28, 2019, at her home. She was a a very successful business woman who owned the KY Dam Bait Farm. She was also a member of the Eastern Star, and was a KY Colonel and KY Admiral.

Democratic gubernatorial challenger Andy Beshear is hoping to win the office by, among other ways, rolling the dice in support of expanded gaming -- including legalizing casinos and sports wagering. With the issue likely to come up during next year's General Assembly session, many believe th…

I spent time recently at the Capitol Building as Interim Joint Committees met to hear from agencies and members of the public about state programs. I have mentioned before how valuable these meetings can be as we prepare for the 2020 Regular Session. These committees spend time closely exami…

Facebook and Twitter are like active volcanoes, freshly risen and spewing lava chunks that disrupt communities and even destroy lives in the blink of an eye. Social media has redefined our cultural landscape in such dramatic ways it is unrecognizable for many.

I'm no longer part of the resistance. That small, mostly middle-aged and above, band of people standing on principle who have heretofore refused to scan and bag our own purchases at the big box stores.

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Kentucky's farmers are among the best in the world. It's no surprise agriculture leaders from around the country are looking to the Bluegrass State and our prospering hemp industry. Right now, hemp is growing in 101 of our 120 counties and $100 million worth of Kentucky grown and processed h…

In a world full of disagreements, we can all agree that 911 services are vital to our community. Whether it's an elderly person who had a fall, a young child who swallows something harmful, or a driver injured in a car crash, being able to call for immediate assistance is an invaluable commu…

His name might not be immediately familiar to all. But adults and child­ren of all ages across the Commonwealth who enjoy the educational, cultural and entertainment programming broadcast through Kentucky Educational Television owe a deep debt of gratitude for the lasting legacy to its found…

Kentucky smokers, regardless of whether they are puffing a traditional cigarette or the latest electronic version, would and should have to pay the same tax rate under legislation filed for the 2020 General Assembly by two state lawmakers on Tuesday. So would users of smokeless tobacco.

It's just as legitimate for congressmen in the Capitol to consider the precedent proposed policies would establish in regard to future lawmaking as it for justices at the Supreme Court to contemplate how their decisions in current legal challenges will affect the way future cases get argued …

Mr. Charles E. Irvan, 81, of Kirksey (Golo Community), passed away July 8, 2019, at Jackson Purchase Medical Center in Mayfield.

I know that everyone has heard significant discussion about the pensions systems of our state employees, teachers, state workers, and other public servants. These systems affect taxpayers and public employees alike. As our state spends 14 percent of our total budget on pension contributions …

Last Thursday I finally got my first boat ride of the year and y'all, there is nothing better for this girl than the sun beaming down on my skin while the fresh air messes up my hair and that boat motor hums behind the beats of a good tune. It doesn't get better than family time on Kentucky Lake.

If you enjoy homegrown vegetables but don't have the time or space to be a do-it-yourselfer, there are several farmers' markets across the county.

Childhood should be carefree. Every child deserves to feel safe, cared for, and nurtured. This includes the nearly 10,000 Kentucky children in foster care and almost 100,000 in kinship care, a rate which is more than double the national average. They are not responsible for the circumstances…

What's happened to the decisive, conservative and determined leadership we saw that resulted in Republicans taking majority control of the state House in the November 2016 election and then passing monumental legislation during the first week of the 2017 session that brought more positive ch…

There is a form of abuse that occurs frequently and often silently: elder abuse.

Recently, the topic of discussion around the county has been the proposed county budget and the so-called "cuts" being made to non-profit funding. With the rumor mill running rampant, I wanted to take this opportunity to share with the people of Marshall County the facts concerning the propo…

I am writing to let you know that if the proposed budget is approved, we will be closing the doors of the Marshall County Senior Citizens Center. The center has been a wonderful asset to our community. We have provided thousands of meals to the homebound clients of Marshall County and enjoye…

Although the official start of summer is still weeks away, Kentucky has already been experiencing high temperatures. Temperatures reached the mid- to high-80s Tuesday and are expected to hover in upper-70s and 80s all week.

Another of Kentucky's off-year primary elections, complete with poor - if somewhat better than expected - turnout and the completely unnecessary and wasteful spending of millions of taxpayer dollars, has come and gone.

With so much riding on the 2019 election cycle, it was troubling to see the low voter turnout in last week's election. Locally, just over 20% of registered voters showed up at the polls. Statewide, the percentage was very similar. And, while that topped the prediction of the Secretary of Sta…

In recent months, I've been very proud to work on an issue that every Member of Congress can wholeheartedly support - protecting our nation's children from abuse and neglect. The safety and security of some of our most vulnerable members of society, our nation's children, is of the utmost im…

The recent news of Air Methods' air medical base closures in Kentucky is unfortunate, but not surprising. Earlier this year, PHI, another air medical company, announced it was filing Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection to reorganize and solve its debts due partly to "a significant decrease in r…

As Vice Chair of the Marshall County Caring Needline it has been brought to my attention that Needline stands to lose the Christmas light show at Mike Miller Park (which raises about $50,000 in cash and 32,000-35,000 food items) as well as having our support drastically cut from the Marshall…

Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. In the U.S., 1 in 5 adults live with a mental health condition, and 20 percent of youth age 13 to 18 live with a mental health condition.

Sitting in court last week while covering the multiple civil suits filed against a number of parties in response to the shooting at the high school, I heard Gabe Parker's attorney mention one of his concerns with having Parker testify in depositions (at this point) was the potential for leak…

I am still taking time to reflect on many of the measures passed during the 2019 Legislative Session. I also reflect on that last day. As the hours stretched into the evening, I got a unique perspective on an event that was being prepared for the next day. March 28, 2019 was the last day of …

Every now and then you meet someone whom you instantly know will make his or her dreams come to fruition. Someone who has the faith, patience, grit and inner drive to see a goal through to completion. Someone who doesn't let obstacles get in the way of a plan -- no matter how big the odds ar…

Kentucky ranks first in the nation in a terrible way according to a recent report.

  Last week, the calendar indicated spring had arrived and along with that came a few days of milder, drier weather with many more promised. For the two or three of you who may have actually enjoyed the past few months of dreary, rainy, grey skies, it was a time to lament bidding farewell to…

  “The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.” —Coretta Scott King

  The recent actions by Marshall County Judge Executive Kevin Neal concerning the attempted removal of Marvin Stokes as Chairman of the county’s 109/Refuse Board, as well as other moves concerning the negotiation of a host agreement for the county’s landfill, have us scratching our heads.   

  In a shocking effort by the Kentucky Legislature to undermine government transparency and accountability, Rep. Jason Petrie (R-Elkton) has introduced HB 387, which aims to make it harder for Kentuckians to know how their tax dollars are being used by the commonwealth to lure and incentiviz…

  As I file this legislative update from my Capitol desk, we are more than halfway through this year’s legislative session and wrapping up business on our seventeenth legislative day. Our week began with members of the General Assembly convening Tuesday’s session in the Old State Capitol Bui…

  In recent months, I’ve been a frequent visitor to hospitals, nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities. My mother’s recent declining health is not something I anticipated so suddenly or planned for and I, along with my siblings and my father, have found ourselves on a fast track to lear…

  I saw a meme on social media poking fun at a long-term couple who got each other Valentine’s Day cards, exchanged them, and then put them back on the shelf. I almost didn’t even read the words because I was instantly off-put by the image of the red-and-pink card aisle that literally makes …

  Recently, dozens of students, administrators, superintendents and health advocates rallied in Frankfort to urge lawmakers to pass policies to reduce tobacco use among Kentucky’s youth.

   Like many of you, I will never hear the word “ice” in a weather forecast without having memories of the 2009 history-making storm come rushing back.  And although it’s been categorized as the worst natural disaster in Kentucky’s modern history, a decade later my memories aren’t all bad.

  Clouds threatened to darken one of Kentucky’s Sunshine Laws early last week. Legislation, purportedly filed to protect public employees’ privacy by Sen. Danny Carroll, a Paducah Republican, stirred strong criticism in the press and on social media. 

  I spent a great deal of time last week combing through a year of news photographs in search of the images that best tell the story of the last 12 months for this week’s 2018 in Pictures feature. In doing so, I was forced to relive my own memories of some tragic events in our little corner …